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I Owe You One

A Novel
Written by: Sophie Kinsella
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
4 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

“A gem of a novel." (Jodi Picoult, number one New York Times best-selling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things)

From the author of Surprise Me comes an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one”, and an IOU that changes everything.

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first”. And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will?

It’s simply not in Fixie’s nature to say no to people. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agrees - she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. Fixie laughs it off - she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she? 

But then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life, and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. As always, she wants nothing for herself - but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. No sooner has Seb agreed than the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie - from small favors to life-changing moments - ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?

Praise for I Owe You One

“This book is a shot of pure joy!” (Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Corner)

"A humorous exploration of family life, finding love and the difficulties of coming into one’s own as a young professional woman.... The entertaining cast of characters...will certainly remind readers why nineteen years after her first hit Kinsella remains one of the reigning queens of women’s fiction.” (The Washington Post)

“I Owe You One is another impossibly delightful story by Sophie Kinsella, a must-read for her die-hard fans and new readers alike.” (PopSugar

©2019 Sophie Kinsella (P)2019 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“I love the opportunity to escape with a Sophie Kinsella book, and I Owe You One came just when I needed it. Fixie’s story is one of missed cues, mistakes, and the realization that you can’t fix someone else’s mess until you fix your own - a smart lesson wrapped in a gem of a novel.” (Jodi Picoult, New York Times best-selling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things)

“Kinsella offers another winning novel.... [Her] reliable mix of humor and spot-on insights into both romantic and familial relationships adds spice as Fixie finally learns to take charge and speak her mind, making this a surefire hit for Kinsella’s fans.” (Publishers Weekly)

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listened until the end but almost quit

I normally really enjoy Sophie Kinesella and find her books funny and engaging. This book only had one likable character - the romantic interest. The protagonist was an unbelievable twit and her whole family was completely unlikable until everyone miracuoulsy changed for the last two chapters. I'd recommend a different Kinsella.

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Personality Extremes

I like Sophie Kinsella novels and have read most of them. Her novels are known for having characters that make you slap your forehead and usually that's part of the charm. Unfortunately, in this novel, she took the annoying character traits to the extreme with all but one character (Seb). Nicole, Jack, Ryan , the uncle...all of it. The extreme obnoxiousness was too much. I almost quit a number of times. My least favorite of all of her books I'm afraid.

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Overall: meh

Personally I found the main character annoying and repetitive, with the secondary characters being also whiny and annoying (however that was their intended purpose I suppose). Everything that happened in this book was predictable and same old same old. I love other Sophie Kinsella novels... just not this one.

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Great book!

This book is so simple yet so engaging. I really liked the story and was wanting more of the characters when it ended.

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brilliant as always 😍

narrator was very good! loved it all! She makes me want to listen to the rest of her books...even though I read them all

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Great book and narrator

I loved the story. I found it to be very easy to listen to and an amazing story line.

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I’ve never been more frustrated with a main character

I hate when women are portrayed as weak and Fixy was written as one of the worst characters ever. I didn’t like her at all and often found myself saying “Oh come on!” with the storyline. Not one of Sophie Kinsella’s best.

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Not as good as others....

I have been a huge Kinsella fan since I picked up her Shopaholic series so many years ago. I lacked empathy for this character.

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Disappointing

Struggled to get into this book, when usually I love her stuff. Not a favorite for me this time.

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Another hit!

Love Sophie Kinsella’s books. Light, fun stories to add joy in one’s world. “I Owe You One” is fantastic.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-02-08

Ugh

I generally really like Sophie Kinsella, but I only made it halfway through this one. After listening for 6 hours, I couldn't waste anymore time waiting to see if it would turn around.
Fixie is a doormat that lets everyone walk all over her, her brother is an obnoxious jerk, and her sister is a self-absorbed flake.Ryan is the guy she's after (the one that got away), but frankly, I don't see why she'd want to have more than one conversation with him. Personally, I just wanted to punch him.
Maybe she gets her act together and finds her backbone, but there are so many other books waiting for me to listen, that I just don't really care to find out.

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  • Pamela
  • 2019-03-08

How 4+Stars??!?!

How does this book have so many Stars? 8 out of the first 10 reviews are negative, AND dead on. Main character is annoyingly spineless to the point I will be returning this book without finishing. As one reviewer put it, there are too many other good listens out there to waste time on this one

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  • Jody Swink
  • 2019-02-28

I hate when smart women suffer preventable disrespect.

Sophie Kinsella is one of my guilty pleasures. I hate this one. I’ve turned off once, but I’m afraid I’ll have to stop for real soon. Which is saying a lot, because I tend to suffer through all kinds of crap (perfect example, Atlas Shrug, lol).

Normally she’s romance with a hefty dose of hectic antics that don’t land too deep.

This one... the gal is surrounded by people that disrespect her. It makes me nervous and unhappy.

I give it a thumbs down.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-19

One of the first books I've ever hated

The characters are maddening and ridiculous. I constantly moved forward to skip over scenes that were like nails on a chalkboard.

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  • Nikki Hughes
  • 2019-02-25

Wanted to like it more

I wanted to like it more. I found the protagonist to be quite annoying and whiny. 😫😫😫

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  • jessica
  • 2019-02-10

A great listen!

I'm a Sophie Kinsella fan and have to say this was one of her best. I really enjoyed this read. Some reviews didn't like the protagonist, but I find it refreshing to have an honest character many of us can relate to. Fixie's characteristics and family dynamics are those many of us have, just magnified. The plot was engaging and Sophie's quick-witted humor continues to make me smile. Thanks for making my long drives a bit more enjoyable!

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  • Roseann
  • 2019-02-11

I couldn’t bare to listen to any more.

Fixie is pathetic. No backbone. Allowing her good for nothing siblings and her crush to ridiculously take advantage of her. I couldn’t take it anymore. Usually a fan , big disappointment.

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  • Bri
  • 2019-02-20

Unbearable characters

I love the romantic comedy of Sophie Kinsella BUT there was not a single character in here that I didn’t want to slap I rarely write reviews but disliked each person so much I could not wait to write this review please don’t make this your first Sophie Kinsella book because she is usually so good!

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  • Dee
  • 2019-02-10

I loved it!!!!

Sophie Kinsella has a certain knack for creating main female characters that you just want to root for. From the very first paragraph, I loved Fixie. Yes, she got on my nerves at times but she was real in all her flaws. I loved how she loved her family. I totally get how the years that separated her from her siblings put her at a disadvantage when dealing with them. When she got her voice, as I knew she would, I celebrated.

The story was simple but complex. The Farr family dynamic was in flux since their father died. The family hardware store was the center of their universe and the source of their joy and pain. The love story that plays in the background of the drama had a very sweet beginning but it did make me seethe...for a minute.

As good as the story is, the narration is what makes it next level. Fiona Hardingham is easily one of the best voices I've ever had the pleasure. To say that she can read the phone book (do they still make those?) and I would listen is not an overstatement. A lot of what happens in this book takes place in Fixie's head. That could be a chore if not for the very excellent narration. Hardingham makes Fixie so real that I felt Fixie was standing right in front of me.

I pre-ordered this book and it absolutely did not disappoint!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-20

No words...

I usually love Sophie Kinsella. This time though, I wanted to stick nails in my ears; not because of the performance (which was actually well read), but the main character! Could she have been any more useless, unlikable, self-effacing, and unperceptive? Add her disgusting siblings to the mix and - well there is only so much a self-respecting woman can bear. Doormat does not even begin to cover Fixie (definitely a misnomer; Goose would have been better). I am only a third of the way through and I, who NEVER quits a book unless it is excruciating, quit this one! I can no longer wait for this girl's ovaries to get tough. And she is a whiner! I am going to read a lot of reviews before I buy another Kinsella novel. So disappointed! I actually want my money back.

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